Third Party Programs For Maintenance and Repair
If you run Disk Utility and still need more help it is time to start downloading. Two of my favorite maintenance programs for the Mac are Yasu and Onyx. Onyx is free and you can register Yasu for as little as $3.50. When downloading you want to make sure you get the correct version for your version of OSX.
Both do similar things, with Onyx doing a little more and being more complicated. If you want the simple solution go with Yasu. They both repair permissions, and both run maintenance scripts for your machine. They will also clear out caches where temporary files are stored. Some of these routines run regularly if you keep your machine on 24/7; if not these two programs will take care of it.
If you are still having problems it is time to bring in the heavy software. My favorite program, and a favorite of many in the Mac community, is Alsoft’s DiskWarrior. DiskWarrior seems to fix anything and everything. I discovered Disk Warrior when I was running another utility program. That program said I had a problem that was not fixable and I had to reformat my computer. I contacted Alsoft who told me that DiskWarrior would fix the problem. I paid my money, got the software and ran it. Sure enough, problem solved!
Another option is Micromat’s TechTool. TechTool has more features than DiskWarrior and would be my second choice of maintenance tools.
While I prefer Disk Warrior, you really can’t go wrong with either of these tools.
A fourth option when these options aren’t fixing the problem is to go to Apple’s Discussions page and make a post describing your problem. You might get a response not covered in the article that is an easy fix you can do yourself. There might even be another program out there that can fix your problem.
Finally, when all else fails, it is time to get service. Either call Applecare, visit your local Apple Store, or visit your local Apple Authorized repair center. Hopefully, the machine will survive and you won’t have to buy a new one.